Ben Affleck just announced that he will not direct the solo Batman movie for Warner Bros. The actor/director explains that he wants to throw his full acting potential into the role and doesn’t want to be distracted by directing duties.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
This actually makes a lot of sense. Clearly, Affleck has seen how passionate fans are about Batman and wants to give his best performance in the film with no distractions. Affleck is still starring and producing the movie and has done a lot of work on the script.
“Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life,” the studio said in a statement.
Affleck was introduced as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The actor will reprise the role in this year’s Justice League before beginning work on The Batman. Variety speculates that War For The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves is Warner Bros. first choice for director.